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High-End Computing Program

Delivering high-end computing systems and services to NASA's aeronautics, exploration, science, and space technology missions.


If you are a NASA-sponsored scientist or engineer, computing time is available to you at the High-End Computing (HEC) Program's NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).


Visualization of fluctuating pressure measurements affecting the Space Launch System during a wind tunnel test to simulate the launch of the rocket
09.13.23 - NASA Ames Data Processing Software Receives Honorable Mention
NASA management has announced that the Unsteady Pressure-Sensitive Paint (uPSP) Data Processing Software received an honorable mention in the 2023 NASA Software of the Year Award competition. Developed by several teams across NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley—including visualization and aerodynamics experts in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division—the uPSP software is a collection of applications that processes raw data from wind tunnel-based testing systems.
Visualization of Hurricane Idalia at landfall
09.13.23 Hurricane Idalia at Landfall: August 30, 2023, at 7:30am EDT
The Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) atmospheric modeling and assimilation system produces daily forecasts capturing the landfall of Idalia within miles of the actual landfall of the storm days in advance. GEOS runs four times per day at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Visualization of synthetic snowflakes
08.30.23 - NCCS Enables Realistic Simulations of Melting Snowflakes to Better Understand Rainstorms and Estimate Rainfall
Although we most notice snow when it hits the ground, snow is also present in the upper levels of rainstorms and melts into rain as it falls through the atmosphere. The NCCS is enabling complex, realistic simulations of melting snowflakes by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists
A close up of a solar eruptive event, including a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection (or CME), and a solar energetic particle event
08.22.23 - NAS Summer Interns Share Science & Engineering Project Results
Students from around the U.S. and Canada wrapped up a three-month NASA summer internship opportunity at the NAS Division, presenting results of their projects during two sessions on August 10 and 11, 2023. Interns pursuing undergrad, graduate, and post-doctoral degrees were each matched with NAS Division mentors having expertise in their fields of study.
GPM satellite image of rainstorm over Louisiana
08.22.23 - NCCS and EIS Enable Research on Flood Monitoring and Forecasting, Human Impacts on Louisiana Flooding — and Eventually, Across the Globe
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research scientist Augusto Getirana and colleagues are leveraging NCCS and NASA Earth Information System (EIS) resources to study massive flooding in Louisiana and develop techniques to measure the effects of climate-induced hydrological change, water management, and sea level rise.
Map of North and South America showing global change in a measure called ‘fire weather index’
08.10.23 - NASA Study Reveals Compounding Climate Risks at Two Degrees of Warming
A NASA-led study showed that if global temperatures keep rising and reach 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, people worldwide could face multiple impacts of climate change simultaneously. NASA High-End Computing resources hosted climate modeling and data distribution employed in the study.


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